-Ruby Dust- Short Story available now!

Hi, all!

I wrote a “Wild West” short story except my version is set on Mars. 🙂  It has a Gargoyle in it and several other fun creatures! Here’s the blurb on it:

  • Ghirn, sheriff of Ruby Dust on Mars, catches an outlaw, saves a couple of humans from cannibalistic Dearndins and calms the ladies of The Pink House. All in a day’s work.

This story is close to my heart and I want to share, share, share!

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The story can be found in the anthology Bent Horizons along with ten other talented authors. This is a book that my writers group puts out annually.

Check it out here!

xo Lis

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Dannika Dark – the Seven Series

I pride myself in being the disciplined reader. That means, I read when the chores or work is done, when the children are to bed (ok they’re a little old for that now but still!), when the writing is done or the publishing or whatever the heck it is. Then, I get to read.

Well…I picked up the first book in the series called Seven Years. That was on May 2nd. Then I picked up the second book on May 9th. The fifth, two days ago. I also bought the audio versions and depending on whether I was hunkering down for bed or driving to work, I could “read”. Do you see the pattern here? I have friggin work to do, people.

Seven Years was the first audio book I’ve ever bought. The company I work for recently moved and my drive in the morning went from ten minutes to 25-30. So I thought I would try out an audio book.

Big mistake.

Three books later. No, three AWESOME books later. I now have the burning desire to buy all books this way. Sigh. Thus my need to go look up discipline in the dictionary and remind myself what it is.

So, back to the books. You may be thinking there was a typo since I read book one, book two and then book five. Well, you know how some characters speak to you more than others? Dannika wrote these books to be stand alones. If you know the characters – great, but it’s not required to enjoy the book. I fell in love with many of the characters I met in book one, a couple more than others. I was eager to read book two and five as I wanted to see how those characters that I loved so much would end up. And I was not disappointed.

Dannika Dark has a beautiful way of detailing the characters and giving them so much life that you really get to know them. I hate it when there is soooooo much detail that you are skipping through the paragraphs to get to the good part. Dannika feeds in the details slowly, like moon peaking through the clouds and by the end of the book you have a full  moon shining before you. The plots are fascinating, dramatic, funny, and full of emotion.

There was a paragraph near the end of the second book that was so profound that I read it to my [husband / soulmate / best friend] and couldn’t get through it without choking up. Because it so beautifully described how I felt about him. And oddly, when I finally got through it, he told me that when he was out getting coffee, probably during the very time that I was reading that section for the first time and thinking of him, he was sipping his coffee and thinking of us.

She has a way with words and I wanted to share her hard work. And to top it off, she handles it all herself. She’s an Indie Author who really knows professionalism. If if you read this and enjoy paranormal romance, I sure hope you go pick up one of her books. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll be supporting creative art. Go ahead then. Hook yourself up with some good reading. And don’t forget to eat. And sleep. And get some work done.

Colleen Gleason – The Gardella Vampire Hunter series

Ok, so I’m a little starstruck. I secretly hope that one day, someone feels the same way about me as an author. I read a five book series within two weeks. That meant I read later than I should, that I took one day and did nothing but read and that my family received the fasted meals and conversations that I could get away with while I burned through these books.

I give you…the Gardella Vampire Hunter series by Colleen Gleason (To get it, go HERE and scroll down a bit. Plus at this writing, the first book is FREE on Amazon.)

Book 1: The Rest Falls Away
Book 2: Rises the Night
Book 3: The Bleeding Dusk
Book 4: When Twilight Burns
Book 5: As Shadows Fade

I tend to write by the seat of my pants. I follow the character around and write what I see them doing or saying. Sometimes they get into trouble, sometimes they find love and sometimes I make them go back and start over again because I have no idea what just happened.

I am in the middle of co-writing a book with the amazing Rhiannon Matlock and we’ve planned out the majority of what’s to come which gives a beautiful time line to work from. I aspire to just get close to what Colleen Gleason has done with the Gardella Vampire Hunter series and the planning she must have put into it. She has twists and turns and fun and drama and romance and stuff that makes you cry and morn a deep loss – all of it written by this one truly amazeballs person who came up with this stuff, planned it out and wrote it down for the rest of us to enjoy. And enjoy I did.

So I posted about it. I reviewed it on Goodreads and Amazon. I followed her on FB. I followed her on Twitter and then tweeted about the awesomeness. And then she tweeted me an acknowledgement. I LOVE that. I have only had that happen one other time and that was by another amazeballs author, Kevin Hearne.

I noticed that she had a appearance coming up and would be doing a book signing. In MI. Not only is it really cold there, it’s really far away from me basking in my one week of nice “winter” weather here in Florida. So I am wondering, where can I get a hold of some signed books? I want. So I tweeted a question on that. And while I waited for a response – I notice that she followed me back. SQUEE!! I feel like a rock star. I wonder if she’d ever vacation in Florida and need a place to stay? I could probably find a place for my daughter to live for a few days. <joke honey!>

Anyway, so she answers with the great news that she’d be happy to send sign books (which ones do I want and where are they going so she can figure out price etc.) so I tell my family that this is what I need for Christmas. Sure enough, my son rises to the occasion and the SIGNED books are en route. **YAY!**

Anyway, just want to say READ THIS SERIES NOW. Because it’s fun and adventurous and you need it.

Thank you.

Free Book from the Ink Slingers!

Hi, all! My writers group, the Ink Slingers Guild recently came out with a book of very short stories called The Death of Jimmy. The ebook is now available for free on Goodreads! Get the download and check it out! Reviews are welcome!!

 

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Priceless by Shannon Mayer

All right, I found a new addiction, as in author I love and stay up too late reading…

Those of you who know me, know I am very disciplined as far as my schedule goes. I am a cranky bitch when I’m tired or when I need to eat. It’s just one of those annoying things about me.  I would like to be one of those people who can forget about eating until dinner. Me? I would either keel over from low blood sugar or rip your eyes out. Both options suck, therefore I eat at least six times a day and make sure my ass is in bed and lights out before midnight.

I started reading Priceless by Shannon Mayer mid-last week. I picked it up through BookBub (which if you’re not subscribed to, I recommend highly).

And couldn’t put it down.

Bad Lisa! I forced my kindle down on “school nights” but Friday and Saturday? Stayed up. Needless to say, I bought all the remaining books in the series. I burned through Book 2 (Immune) between yesterday and today and started Book 3 (Raising Innocence) today. Sigh. So good. [What chores? Oh, you wanted dinner? What’s wrong with cereal? Damn, do I have any clean underwear?]

If you like books like the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs or the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, then I really think this series will be up your ally. I’m not going to explain what it’s about, you can check it out here though and then go buy it at Amazon.

Further, Mrs. Mayer inspires me to be a better writer. Have more fun with my characters. And a lot of other things. I even followed her blog which I rarely do. So go now. To Amazon and get a hold of Priceless. And enjoy the ride. xo

The Ink Slingers Guild presents our new book!!

Hi, all!

The anthology (book of short stories) that my writers group, the Ink Slingers Guild, has been slaving over for months is now released!! It’s called The Ink Slingers Guild presents INTO THE ABYSS!

Here’s the cover:

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Here’s the description:

The Ink Slingers Guild is a group of like-minded individuals who come together for support and encouragement. Since its inception the Ink Slingers have continued to expand membership, filling their ranks with some of the best and brightest up and coming authors of our time.

This, the Ink Slinger’s second anthology, is aptly named Into the Abyss. As with the first anthology, Beyond the Threshold, this collection of short stories is based on one of the writing exercises done at every ISG meeting. The exercise is to have three members each pick one word. Members have five minutes to compose a story with the chosen words. As with any creative outlet, members take each other into new worlds the way only writers can.

The words that were chosen this year were: Gravity, Innocuous & Perilous.

Each story is a journey created just for you, so sit back and enjoy as the Ink Slingers welcome you Into the Abyss!

And you can get a copy by clicking here!

Buy it, Buy it, Buy it!! Help support these eleven writers (including moi!) and after you enjoy visiting our worlds, please post a review on Amazon! Thank you and cheers!!

New book out!

I can’t believe I didn’t post this right away – I think I was so shocked that I actually clicked the “Publish” button that I forgot to talk about it. I know some people talk up their releases like crazy but on this one it was more the ‘get it done and up’ and then hurry on to the next one. See, that was Book One. Book Two is about halfway written and when you reach the end of Book One, you’re going to want Book Two pretty quick (at least I sure hope so!) and so I need to work on it NOW.

I was so pleased to be able to call it a done and work on the next thing that it didn’t reach my blog.  So here is it!

The Guardians (Book One Gargoyles Den)

Witching Hour Publishing  is proud to release “The Guardians” Book One of the Gargoyles Den series. Enjoy!